WMA Waterbody Spotlight

Lake Verret, Grassy Lake & Lake Palourde Complex

Size: 26,300 acres

Maximum Depth: 8 feet

Public Piers available: 2

Public Access Boat Launches Available: 8

Common Fishing Species: Largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, bluegill, warmouth, redear, longear, spotted gar, longnose gar, freshwater drum. The Complex offers excellent catfish and bream fishing opportunities in and around the abundant cypress trees on the perimeter of the lakes.

Fun Fact

Bald eagles nest in the tall cypress trees surrounding Lake Verret, Grassy Lake, & Lake Palourde and will frequent the area. Ospreys, hawks, owls and neo-tropical migrants are present in the area. Alligators, snakes, and turtles are commonly viewed during the warmer months.

Sherburne Wildlife Management area

Acreage: 44,000 acres

Location: Located in the Morganza Floodway system of the Atchafalaya Basin, Sherburne is situated in portions of Pointe Coupee, St. Martin and Iberville parishes between the Atchafalaya River and the East Protection Guide Levee.

How to Get There: Access to the area is via Louisiana Hwy. 975, which connects with U.S. Hwy. 190 at Krotz Springs on the north and Interstate 10 at Whiskey Bay on the south.

Owners: LDWF (11,780 acres), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (15,220 acres) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (17,000 acres).

Habitat Types: The area is classified as bottomland hardwoods with four dominant tree species associations, including cottonwood-sycamore, oak-gum-hackberry-ash, willow-cypress-ash and overcup oak-bitter pecan.

Popular Game Species: Hunting for deer, squirrel and woodcock is good while rabbit hunting is fair. Waterfowl hunting is available.

How to Enjoy: Camping is permitted on two designated areas. The southern camping area is primitive and the northern area has RV camping with running water available. Entrance to the interior of Sherburne is possible through a series of all-weather roads, ATV trails and Big and Little Alabama Bayous.

Fishing is also very popular on Sherburne WMA. There are two boat launches on the WMA to access Big Alabama Bayou, one on the northern portion and one on the southern portion of Big Alabama Bayou. There is also one public launch on the northern portion of Little Alabama Bayou. There is also a small pond which allows for bank fishing and a walk out fishing pier located on Big Alabama Bayou near the northern boat launch.

Crawfishing is allowed on the South Farm portion of Sherburne, located near Ramah, during the summer months.

Activities Available: (ICONS GO HERE)

Sherburne features a shooting range located at 1132 Sherburne Road on the WMA. It is three miles south of U.S. Hwy. 190 on Louisiana Hwy. 975 and approximately 12 miles from Interstate 10, Whiskey Bay Exit. The shooting range complex consist of rifle, handgun, skeet/trap and archery ranges. The rifle range has targets at 25, 50 and 100 yards. The handgun range has targets at 10, 25 and 50 yards. The rifle and handgun ranges are open to the public seven days a week from official sunrise to official sunset. For more information, contact the Sherburne Shooting Range Complex at 337-566-2251 or go to www.wlf.la.gov/shooting-range/sherburne-shooting-range.

Additional Information

Lake Verret, Grassy Lake & Lake Palourde Complex

For more information contact:

2000 Quail Drive - Annex Rm. 27

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

225-765-2337

www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

Sherburne WMA

For more information contact the Opelousas field office at 337-948-0255

www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2763

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